ACCRA FEBRUARY 21, 2017 (CISA) – The Catholic Church in Ghana is organizing a Novena in spiritual preparations for the Re-Consecration of the Republic of Ghana to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the occasion of the 60th anniversary celebration of Ghana’s Independence.
According to a Planning Committee, headed by Archbishop Charles G. Palmer- Buckle, Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the Novena will run from February 23 to March 3, and will be followed by the re-consecration programme on March 4, as Ghana marks its Diamond Jubilee on March 6.
According to the organizers the Novena will include thanksgiving prayers for the peace and stability of Ghana, for the success of our 2016 General Elections and the smooth transfer of political leadership.
There will also be special prayers for leaders of all Faith Based Organizations and Civil Society Organizations in Ghana that they work in collaboration with the Government and dialogue to sustain peace.
Others prayers will be for the Youth of Ghana so that they may be selfless in nation building, for the county to live in peace with her neighbours and the country’s well-being in the Coming Years.
Ghana was first consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus during a Pontifical High Mass on March 3, 1957 at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra as a lead up to Ghana’s independence on March 6, 1957.
The re-consecration on March 4, will take place during an Ecumenical and Inter-faith Prayer Service to be to be attended by among others: the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich, the President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Philip Naameh as well as President of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo.
After the re-consecration there will be Holy Mass of thanksgiving for the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ghana and the Holy See and the 60th anniversary of Ghana’s independence at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Accra.